Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hubby's Skills

My hubby has skills!
I could list several.
Among the list would be that he is the best amateur carpenter, plumber, motorcycle rider (he would want me to include that),
dishwasher, and electrician that I know!
It is the latter that was very helpful
in the installation of my bargain thrift store chandelier.
I was not fond of the original hanging apparatus. It was a little too sleek and modern, and the fact that it hung down
11 inches created a big problem with my 8 foot ceilings,
especially hanging in the middle of a closet.
I didn't need anyone to poke their eye out while getting dressed.

The solution was to replace it with a more traditional ceiling canopy. That's when it's really nice to have a hubby with electrician skills.
Problem number two came when we
took down the antiquated light fixture.
Apparently the previous owners had at one time installed high watt bulbs
causing so much heat that the paint discolored and peeled.
We have big
plans in the future for remodeling this
so-small-you-can-barely-call-it-a-walk-in closet
so I didn't want to take the time to re-paint it now.
Instead I decided to use a quick and inexpensive cover-the-mess solution;
a thrifted silver tray.
Now that the ceiling looked so pretty
I thought I'd stage my side of the closet.
I use some pretty boxes and apothecary jars
(already stored there waiting for another organization project).
Then I tacked up my small collection of vintage hats.
Now it's a real treat to walk into my closet!


Jeanette Atkinson said...

It is darling and what a clever thought to cover up the electircal box mess. The light is almost too cute for a closet!

Susan said...

Love your use of the silver tray.

Serendipity said...

So pretty...what a lucky closet!

Red Door Home said...

The silver tray is a very clever idea. The light looks great!

Unknown said...

I'd SAY your husband has skill! LUCKY YOU!! That looks wonderful.

Laryssa Herbert said...


Ashley Schott said...

That is gorgeous! What a clever idea!! I love it:)

Also, I'm having a giveaway if you'd like to stop by!

Anonymous said...

Who knew thrifting could get you something as elegant as a chandelier in your closet?

What a sweet reward for all your hard work!

Why do people pay full price for anything these days?

I still love your blog, you were the first blog that talked about thrift store finds and I have been hooked on buying and transforming used goods ever since.

My house looks nothing like it did a year ago, it looks so beautiful now, and I cannot wait until I can one day have as many beautiful collections of items as you do!


Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Your hubby does have skills and oh what a find. Did you do a happy dance in the store?

Anonymous said...

What a great find...and the silver tray throws the light! Great idea.
What elegance to get dressed in!

Bonnie the Boss said...

So cute, you now need some fun cushions in there and you can go rest all by yourself and no one will bug you. You can admire your beautiful light.

Miss Obara said...

I love it! The tray is a great solution to your 'problem'. It's a keeper...

Victoria said...

Oh my, oh my it is perfect! I was just telling my sister today that I had a problem with an ugly spot on the ceiling where the light fixture base was but the new base was smaller. I never even thought about using something like a tray to cover it up!

Thanks for sharing.

Oh and that is so cool that your husband rides a motorcycle amongst other things. ;)

Old Time Cindy said...

You both have skills!!!
Cindy at Lakewood

Krystal said...

Good thinking with the silver tray! Besides covering up the unsightly cracked paint, it helps reflect the light down to the floor. Good idea!

Jennilyn said...

Love the tray solution! Suddenly I will be looking at trays in a new light--hopefully to copy your great idea! Thank you for a wonderful and beautiful blog!

Unknown said...

Good Golly, that tray is BRILLIANT! I love it. What did you have to do to make it work with the light fixture? And how did you attach it to the ceiling?

Jennifer@woodleycottage said...

Ha! I love it. I just told my husband, last week, I wanted to find a small chandy for our closet. He said "a chandy in the closet?" I said "yes". Then he said "Why?" Then I said, "Because I want it..." Sounded like a good enough reason to me... I'll be showing him your post!

Sarah and Jack said...

Clever use of the tray for the ceiling problem.

We are discussing the same chandelier at my blog today and someone sent me here to have a look-see. I don't know what IKEA was thinking when they designed that thing.

Ramsey said...

I am SSOOOO jealous! I want a walk-in closet with a chandeleir SO bad! Or just a walk-in closet would be nice.
Happy Wednesday!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I love the silver tray as a ceiling medallion. Very clever!

Screaming Meme said...

In love with the tray! :) Great idea!

Come by and see my cheap sheets I hung as curtains! Meme

The Single Nester said...

Looks terrific. Great job to your hubby!

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

It looks pretty . . . he did a good job!

Shell in your Pocket said...

What a beautiful light!!!

sandy toe

Anonymous said...

TAHNKS FOR YOUR SHARING~~~VERY NICE ........................................

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous idea! I love it! I'm just amazed at your creativity. This never would have occurred to me. Never! Can I be you when I grow up? If I grow up? :-0

Kim said...

I love the tray on the ceiling!! So creative!

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